Gratitude – Beverly Hills

Eating at Gratitude in Beverly Hills is the quintessential Los Angeles experience. Vegan menu? Check. Celebrities? Check. Hippy attitude? Check. Obnoxious rich people? Check.

I was a little leery about going to any restaurant in the Cafe Gratitude chain. From what I had heard, it sounded a bit too spiritual – from getting asked the question of the day to the silly names of the menu items. I am not a vegan, nor will I ever be one, but thanks to a Blackboard Eats deal (30% off), I was willing to give Gratitude a chance.

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Gratitude Beverly Hills is the second Gratitude restaurant in the Cafe Gratitude empire. More upscale than its Cafe Gratitude counterparts, it’s a perfect fit for Beverly Hills. The restaurant decor is simple, yet manages to be upscale and stylish. Above the host station is written “What are you grateful for?”

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It was a super warm night, though quite comfortable outside on the patio area. I was bracing myself for the question of the day, but our server did not ask it, perhaps sensing my cynicism.

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The menu items all use adjectives as the name of the dish. After ordering, the server will read your order back to you as such:

“You are Awesome.”

I had been considering the Indian bowl, but it was named Humble. I’d much rather be told that I was awesome than humble.

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Awesome

Awesome was an Eggplant Parmesan Panini, which seemed a pretty safe bet in my book, less risky than Liberated’s raw pesto kelp noodles. Other than the cashew ricotta and brazil nut parmesan, it seemed pretty straight-forward. The panini also had marinara sauce, wild arugula on “slow-fermented” ciabatta (thank goodness they still had gluten on the menu) and a mixed green salad with fig balsamic vinaigrette.

My husband was Elated, the Mole Abuelita Enchiladas. He’s pesco-vegetarian and is decidedly more excited about eating vegan. He really enjoyed his enchiladas which were filled with blackened tempeh, black beans and sweet corn, topped with a roasted tomatillo sauce and queso fresco.

The worst part was when the man sitting next to us launched into a profanity-laced attack on the server for accidentally being charged an extra item. It’s a bit sad that a place that tries to foster a higher spirituality would have a customer that thinks it’s acceptable to verbally abuse another human being like that. Maybe the hippy dippy ethos didn’t suit him. Or maybe he just needed a steak.

The best part of the meal? Seeing Jodie Foster with her wife and one of her sons at the table next to us. Being in Beverly Hills where celebrities are a dime a dozen, not a single person asked her for a selfie.

As cynical as I am about Gratitude’s touchy feely attitude, I have to admit that after finishing my meal (where I pretty much cleaned my plate except for the odd sprout or two), I didn’t feel that heavy bloated feeling that I would have after eating an eggplant parmesan sandwich. At those prices, I won’t be rushing back to Gratitude, but I would be more than happy to recommend it to any vegans I know. They’ll love it.

Location –  419 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills 90210
Website – https://cafegratitude.com
Kid-Friendly – Yes
Kid’s Menu – Yes
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options – Yes

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